The Wildlife Circle Circle, Kottayam is in administrative control of Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks and Tiger Reserve in Idukki, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta districts and also handles related matters in Kottayam district.  The Field Director, Project Tiger office is the Circle Head Quarters located at Kottayam. There are nine Protected Areas viz, four National Parks, one Bird Sanctuary, three Wildlife Sanctuaries and one Tiger Reserve under the Circle which together cover an area of 1307.034 km2 in one of the richest biodiversity tract in the southern Western Ghats. The Protected Areas include the world famous Periyar Tiger Reserve  and t Eravikulam National Park, the habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. The landscape is highly significant as the home of endangered endemic Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Chinnar) single largest population of Nilgiri Tahr (Eravilkulam), and Nilakurinji (Kurinjimala) as well as the watershed of the largest river in the state, the river Periyar.




periyar lakeThe largest Protected Area in Kerala spread across an area of 925 sq. km, formed mainly of lush Tropical Rain Forests. Periyar has the accolade of best managed Tiger Reserve in the country through people’s participation. With its picturesque beauty and immense biodiversity this unique landscape has always been an attraction to the nature lovers across the world. The famous Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple and Mangladevi Temple are located in this Tiger Reserve.




Eravikulam National Park with undulating hills and high altitude shola and grass lands with cliffs and valleys is a visual splendour in the Western Ghats and it is the ideal habitat of the endemic Nilgiri Tahr, Nigiritragus hylocrius. Largest viable population of Nilgiri Tahr exists here. Anamudi, the highest peak in Western Ghats and the only known distributional range of Raorchestes resplendense, an endemic frog species, is in this National Park.


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Forest Fire - Safety of visitors & staff - Instructions

Closure of Eravikulam National Park

Implementation of Contract System

Vanadarshan Libraries Opened for public in Periyar Tiger Reserve






Sabarimala Pilgrimage - Do's and Dont's


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